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02 August

Matthew walks for unit who saved his grandmother 

Matthew Pudney donation

Matthew Pudney walked from St Peter-on-the-wall in Bradwell-on-Sea to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Burnham to raise money for the Broomfield Hospital unit who saved his grandmother’s life.

“Fourteen years ago my grandmother went into diabetic coma and she was rushed into A&E,” said Matthew. “Two doctors who were working here at the time – Alastair Short and Kevin Kiff – assessed her in and she had to go the ICU (Intensive Care Unit).

“She was there for four weeks and during that time she had a heart attack and we nearly lost her four times – they bought her back from the brink.”

Matthew, who is a healthcare support worker in anaesthetic pre-assessment at Broomfield, completed the 22-mile hike alongside his wife Louise. It took them seven and three-quarter hours, after which they celebrated with a well-earned pint.

“We have a unique photo of my nan, my mum, me and my daughter,” added Matthew. “We had four generations of the same family in the same shot and it was thanks to the doctors here at Broomfield that she saw my daughter born and we were able to have that valuable time.

“I wanted to do something to thank the doctors and nurses to show my belated appreciation for all the stunning work the ICU team do here at Broomfield.”

Ben Punchard, senior charge nurse in the General Intensive Care Unit, was part of the team who received a cheque for £240 from Matthew and his family. He said: “It’s fantastic. It’s really nice to be remembered by patients no matter how long ago we treated their families. It’s really great that we get this kind of feedback because it gives real value to what we do every day. We really appreciate their hard work in raising the money.”